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Travel Tech Statement on FAA Reauthorization Agreement


Travel Tech on September 25, 2018

For Immediate Release
September 25, 2018



Contact: Mallory Barrasso
mbarrasso@traveltech.org
703-842-3755

 

 

Travel Tech Statement on FAA Reauthorization Agreement

Arlington, VA –  Steve Shur, President of the Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), issued the following statement today upon the final agreement on a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization package:

“Travel Tech is pleased that members of the Senate Commerce Committee and House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee agreed with our industry’s recommendations on several sections of the bill regarding transparency and ticket agent customer service standards.

“It is clear the American public relies on the convenience of shopping across multiple travel brands in a single place, via ticket agents, as they continue to trust Travel Tech members with their vacation and business travel itineraries. While we maintain that new minimum customer services standards are completely unnecessary, we are encouraged by Congress’ willingness to acknowledge how the marketplace operates and ensure that ticket agents are not liable for disclosing information they have not received from the airlines. Further, this bill will maintain the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) full-fare advertising rule that ensures that consumers will always see the all-in airfare (including taxes and mandatory fees) when shopping for flights on airline websites. Consumers deserve to know the full cost of an itinerary during the searching and comparing process.

“We look forward to swift passage of the bipartisan FAA reauthorization bill in the coming days.  Travel Tech will continue to work with Congress and DOT to increase both transparency and competition in the air travel marketplace to the benefit of all consumers.”

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass the final agreement this week, with the U.S. Senate soon to follow. The current FAA law expires September 30, 2018.

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The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) is the voice of the travel technology industry, advocating for public policy that promotes transparency and competition in the marketplace to encourage innovation and preserve consumer choice. We represent the leading innovators in travel technology, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies and metasearch companies, and short-term rental platforms.